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Immigration Story

Life in my home country was very good because everyone lived nearby and I could go to anyone's house to see my cousins and my friends. We had a big house with 10 rooms; every family had two rooms and my cousins lived together with us. I had so much fun with them. Our family was big and it was very hard for my dad because he was the only one...

Immigration Story

The Irish Famine Trial - Instructions

I reviewed the indictment (included on each "role" sheet) with the class, and counted students off into six groups — five defendant groups and one jury. Each indictment "role" details the charges against the group but also indicates the outlines of a possible defense. To the defendant groups, I distributed packets of all the roles. Students were free to read the role only for their group or, if they wanted more...

The Irish Famine Trial - Instructions

Jefferson and Slavery

Following are two selections I shared with my students to help them develop a questioning attitude toward their textbooks. The first is from a fifth-grade textbook, the other from a historian. - Bob Peterson

Jefferson and Slavery

Action Education

By Fred McKissack     Photo: Sean Gardner/Reuters A protester raises a fist during the Sept. 20 march in support of the Jena 6 in Jena, La. The sight of hundreds of buses rolling into Jena, La., carrying tens of thousands to rally for the Jena 6 was a reminder that the fight for civil rights is very much relevant even in 2007. The protesters brought home the disgraceful fact that...

Action Education

Action Education

    photo: LANDOV PHOTOGRAPHY By Stacie Williams The United States is one of only seven countries in the world that still permit state-sanctioned juvenile executions. The Juvenile Death Penalty Initiative (JDPI), a coalition based at the University of Illinois-Chicago, believes that juvenile offenders should be spared the death penalty. In 2002, 78 people faced the death penalty for crimes they had committed as juveniles. Although many of the prisoners were...

Action Education

Keeping Public Schools Public

Privatizers' Trojan Horse

Keeping Public Schools Public

Sample Language for Wellness Policies

Curriculum and Media Students in grades pre-K-12 receive nutrition education that is interactive and teaches the skills they need to adopt healthy eating behaviors. Marketing of low nutrition foods and sodas on books and curricula, textbook covers and schools supplies, scoreboards and sports equipment is not acceptable. Nutrition Education will be provided to parents and include: handouts such as lists of healthy snacks, transportation service information to increase access to healthy...

Sample Language for Wellness Policies

Coming Out

Dear Editors: I just have to tell you what an impact the Winter recent issue of Rethinking Schools (Vol. 16 #2) had on me. First of all, this whole war has reminded me how alone I can feel in my way of thinking. It helps so much to know that there are educators out there fighting the majority. Secondly, the article written by the Madison teacher who came out to her...

Coming Out

Letters

Helen Keller I was quite interested to see your article "The Truth about Helen Keller," by Ruth Shagoury Hubbard [Fall 2002 issue]. It is true that many books for children tend to sanitize their portrayal of Helen Keller's life. Your readers might be interested in another source of information about Helen Keller's views: a book of quotations from Helen Keller's books, speeches, and personal writings (many never published before), entitled To...

Letters

Letters to the Editors of Rethinking Schools

Schools Not Bombs T here is a war being waged in America. It is being waged against the public school classrooms in our urban areas, towns and rural communities. It is an attack by our legislators who are once again attempting to balance the budget on the backs of our children. The administration's unfunded mandate, No Child Left Behind, will leave vast numbers of children behind, particularly those children with the...

Letters to the Editors of Rethinking Schools

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